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Documentary screened on inner city ministry, March 9

"God and the Inner City," a one-hour documentary about the struggles of the Rev. Gene Rivers and others who battle crime in inner cities, will be screened at 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 9, in 104 Computer Science Building. Michael Pack, executive producer and director of the film, will be on hand to answer questions after the screening.

The documentary, narrated by Phylicia Rashad, explores how faith-based organizations that are doing street work seldom fit stereotypes of inner city ministries. It also reviews the controversy about government support for such programs, especially the issue of church/state separation. It originally aired on PBS on June 22, 2003.

Pack's other documentaries include "Rediscovering George Washington," "The Fall of Newt Gingrich," "The Rodney King Incident," "Campus Culture Wars" and "America's Political Parties." He currently serves as the senior vice president for television programming at the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

This event is made possible by the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions through its Alpheus T. Mason Lecture series. For more information, call Judi Rivkin at (609) 258-5107.

Contact: Tom Bartus (609) 258-3601

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